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    Buying C2

     Folks, after reading this board for a long time, I am ready to buy my first C2.  I am looking at 2 cars, 1999 with 52 K miles and 2000 with about 33k. One is being sold by a Porsche dealer (1999) and the other through a non-porsche dealership. The problem is should I get a prepurchase inspection done at the same dealership ?. Secondly, what is it I should ask them to check for. Since these are old cars is RMS and IMS likely to be a problem. Should I ask a leak down test ?. Any advice would be gratefully appreciated


    Re: Buying C2

    Buy the car from the dealer with official warranty. Do not buy this any 996 Carrera with M96 engine without any warranty, these models are very prone to engine failures.

    J.Seven


    Re: Buying C2

    Don't buy any Porsche without warranty. 996 and 997.1 have basically the same engine with same problems only less on 997.1.

    997.2 has a brand new engine and transmission if PDK, which again are too recent and unproven. 

    Therefore, tread carefully!


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    "Form follows function"


    Re: Buying C2

    yash:

     Folks, after reading this board for a long time, I am ready to buy my first C2.  I am looking at 2 cars, 1999 with 52 K miles and 2000 with about 33k. One is being sold by a Porsche dealer (1999) and the other through a non-porsche dealership. The problem is should I get a prepurchase inspection done at the same dealership ?. Secondly, what is it I should ask them to check for. Since these are old cars is RMS and IMS likely to be a problem. Should I ask a leak down test ?. Any advice would be gratefully appreciated

     

    To make it short (not wasting your time):

    1. avoid the 996 if you can, go for the 997 

    2. always buy used Porsche with a used car warranty from an official dealer

    If you buy from another dealer, make sure you can get one those aftermarket used car warranties offered by some insurance companies. I wouldn't buy a Porsche from a private owner but this is probably my personal opinion.


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche 997 Turbo, BMW X5 M, BMW M3 Cab DKG, Mini Cooper S JCW


    Re: Buying C2

     Thank you gentlemen. Unfortunately in the USA, 997 from dealers costs twice the 996, so due to budgetary restraints, I have to find the best possible 996 (i did purchase the car guide from Crawford).  Another general question, relates to buying a 996 with engine replaced by Porsche at 35 K miles (78 K total miles) under warranty. Does Porsche typically provides a "new" engine, or is it usually refurbished. I assume there is no additional risk in this, if anything the risk should be less because the chance  that the new engine would also have failure is very unlikely (assuming worst case 15-20% of engines fail).

     


    Re: Buying C2

     And one more question, am comparing 2 cars (33k and 45 k miles, Carerras  both from year 2000). In one (33k) the stick shift was somewhat stiff, the other (45K, well serviced), was more like butter or very smooth. Is the somewhat stiff shift normal, or does it point to a problem.

    Thanks for all your patience.


    Re: Buying C2

    Rebuilt engines.

    Hard to comment on shifters without trying the cars.


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    Slow In, Fast Out


    Re: Buying C2

    yash:

     And one more question, am comparing 2 cars (33k and 45 k miles, Carerras  both from year 2000). In one (33k) the stick shift was somewhat stiff, the other (45K, well serviced), was more like butter or very smooth. Is the somewhat stiff shift normal, or does it point to a problem.

    Thanks for all your patience.

    The shifting is done through cables (two) and they do get out of adjustment or become worn.

    Also many owners have a short shift lever installed (factory and aftermarket) that are often stiff until the transmission is (very) hot. Also some aftermarket kits are very short resulting in too much stiffness.


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    "Form follows function"


    Re: Buying C2

     Thanks, now I notice that the car has the short shift indicated in the specs. This has been all very helpful.


    Re: Buying C2

     Ok, have paid the deposit...will get the car next weekend..

    Can anyone recommend a good porsche 996 mechanic in central nj area. Also is there a preferred dealership for maintainence. pl. send me email, if inappropriate to discuss here. thanks


    Re: Buying C2

    Congrats on your purchase.Smiley I would recommend that you join the Northern New Jersey Chapter of PCA. (pca.org)  The members can provide you with  recommendations for servicing your 911.


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    2006 987S, Artic Silver, Cocoa, Cocoa Top 2006 Cayenne S Lapis Blue New York

     
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